Ready to Hangout in 2016?

The time has come! Get your bathing suits, shades and party pants ready for another amazing weekend at Hangout Music Festival!

There’s one more thing you will need to bring this year, however, your rain gear. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s forecast for Gulf Shores, AL.

Have no fear, the festival will keep on truckin’ rain or shine! By Saturday afternoon there should be nothing but plenty of sunshine to welcome all the incredible acts the rest of the weekend.

Which brings me to the next important point: The Schedule! SO MANY incredible artists are bringing it this weekend. I, for one, am beyond excited to see Leon Bridges, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, The Weeknd, Big Grams, the list goes on! You can personalize your own schedule HERE or via the 2016 APP. Plus, if there are any changes, this will be the most up-to-date schedule available!

Don’t. Forget. Your. Wristband. At. Home!! They are “nontransferable, non-exchangable and cannot be replaced.” Single day tickets are not available so a lost wristband is a big NO NO.

Speaking of losing things, there will be a lost and found at the Hangout Info Booth. You can also email to inquire about your item. Be sure to include the type, brand, color and any additional information you can provide to identify them.

There will also be a medical tent should you need it, and always always seek out help from a festival staff member, officer, or medical assistant if need be.

Here is a map of the festival to find that medical tent, info booth, and everything in between!

Although you do need your rain gear, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! It will be a hot one, and you don’t want to leave with a sun burn along with of all the wonderful memories. Make sure to also bring a refillable water container (less than 2 liters in size). Water stations will be set up around the festival for you to fill up your bottles or CamelBaks. Here are the guidelines posted by Hangout for CamelBak:

* Guidelines for CamelBak ­style hydration systems: Although CamelBak­ style water bladder systems are allowed EMPTY into the venue, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder. Additionally, CamelBak ­style bladder carriers must have no more than two main compartments and one small compartment. Any CamelBak ­style water bladder that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection, and any CamelBak ­style bladder carriers larger than the permitted size will not be allowed into the venue.

Your book-bag must be smaller as well. You may want to bring a hat, blanket or beach towel to sit on between acts or around the festival site. Things can get lost in the sand, though, so make sure to check your area when moving around for left cell phones, sunglasses, etc.

No tents or umbrellas. No kites. No glowsticks. No refillable vaper or electronic cigarettes. No water guns or water balloons. No glass. No outside food or beverage. No skateboards, bikes, etc. No fireworks, Chinese lanterns, etc. No coolers. No video equipment of any kind (including personal camcorders and GoPros). No professional photo equipment (DSLR cameras, detachable/removable lens cameras). No flags and/or flagpoles. No selfie sticks. No hammocks.

Whew, that wasn’t fun. But those are the main things listed that you should make sure not to bring to the festival. Lockers will be available at the festival, and you can reserve yours HERE!

Before I get to the fun stuff, there are a few more logistics.

Festival hours are:
Friday 11am-11pm
Saturday 11am-11pm
Sunday 11am-11pm

Box office hours are:
Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday 10am-10pm
Friday 10am-10pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am-6pm

Now for the fun stuff! There will be plenty of other activities around Hangout than the music. Camp Hangout will have tug-of-war, a slip and slide, face painting, water balloons, and other classic camp adventures. Sour Punch Dodge and Jump is an obstacle course located on the scene. Pandora Point will be a spot to immerse yourself into the mood with amazing tunes playing on site. Hammock beach will be set up to take the best nap of your life. Malibu Beach House with the best party at Hangout. The Ferris Wheel. The Mega Drop. Amazing site art. And a Bud Light Party! You can create your own coozie and hang at one of the coolest spots at the festival. Don’t miss out on these one-of-a-kind activities at Hangout!

Get excited! Be safe. And above all, have fun! See you at the Shores!

ROAD CLOSURE INFO (they shut down some major roads, check this to make sure you know what’s up)

Any more info can be found on the festival website:

Thanks to our guest author, Anna Martin